Disposable contact lenses offer a “no maintenance” benefit. The risks of infection or allergy are also minimized. Disposable contacts are the types of contacts to be worn for a specific period of time — shorter than conventional lenses. After the usage period they are disposed and replaced with a new pair of lenses.
The disposable term mainly refers to frequency of replacements. There are three categories of contact lenses based on their replacement schedule:
- Disposable: This belongs to lenses which are replaced every two weeks, or sooner.
- Frequent replacement: Frequent replacement means replaced monthly or quarterly.
- Reusable or conventional: This group of contacts are replaced every six months or longer.
Both disposable and frequent replacement contacts can be prescribed either for daily wear or extended wear.
The term of replacement schedule shouldn’t be confused with wearing schedule. If you wear daily disposable lenses, for example, you need to discard the lenses the next day. But daily wear means you remove your contacts every night but you don’t necessarily need to replace them.
Disposable Contact Lenses or Conventional Contacts?
Your tears contain many substances such as protein and lipids. They gradually build up on your lenses. Although you’ve cared your lenses well, the deposits gradually make your contacts not comfortable to wear. And if your eyes are too sensitive you may face infection risks.
Eye doctors and wearers favor disposable lenses because they provide convenience and health benefits. Daily disposable contacts do not require cleaning and disinfecting lenses.
Are you diligent enough to follow doctor’s cleaning instructions? If not, chances are disposable contacts are the right contact lenses for you.
Daily and Two-Weekly Disposable Contacts
If you don’t like the hassles of contact lens care, daily or one-day disposable contacts are your best alternative. You don’t need to use cleaning solutions to take care your contacts. Right now it’s affordable to discard your contacts at night, and wear a new pair the next morning.
You’ll get at least two benefits: convenience and eye health. It’s convenient because you don’t need to take care your contacts at all. And it’s healthy because there is no lens’ deposit buildup or risk of sleeping in contact lenses.
Focus dailies progressives or Proclear 1 Day Multifocal contacts are examples of daily disposable contact lenses. And Softlens Multifocal or Acuvue Bifocal contacts are two brands that are replaced every 2 weeks.
Frequent Replacement Lenses and Schedule
Your eye doctor may prescribe you with disposable, frequent replacement or conventional contacts. It depends on your eye condition. If a certain type of lenses make your eyes produce more buildup chances are you need a more frequent replacement. This also applies for eye allergies caused by contacts. The contact lenses need to be replaced more often.
As with disposable contact lenses, frequent replacement contacts are available for changing eye color, astigmatism correction, and presbyopia treatment. Proclear Multifocal, Air Optix Aqua Multifocal and PureVision Multifocal are example of multifocal contact lenses for presbyopia that are replaced every month.
Overall, simply seek a professional advice from your eye doctor to determine whether disposable contact lenses are your best option.